Acalanes Union High School Superintendent Jim Negri sent out an email to parents advising them that the district had nothing to do with the “Go Cougars” message and use of Campolindo High School colors on the “Yes on Measure J” signs popping up in Moraga.
The Bruzzone family, a large Moraga landowner, sponsored Measure J, which largely preserves the town’s existing general plan for open space and mandates the developer pay $7 million for public uses in return for housing approvals. It’s a counter-initiative to Measure K, sponsored by open-space advocates, which expands open space land-use designations and restricts development to the downtown area. If both measures pass by a majority, the one with the most votes would prevail.
Negri says the district contacted the “Yes on Measure J” campaign and the Town of Moraga regarding the signs, but was told that neither the town nor the district has any legal authority to remove the signs.
“Campolindo High School and the Acalanes Union High School District have not taken any position in support of or against Measure J,” the superintendent wrote. “The District does not take a position on local ballot issues, such as Measure J, unless there is a direct impact to the District. Measure J has no direct impact.”
UPDATE: 1:40 PM
Yes on Measure J spokeswoman Mary Jo Rossi is unimpressed with the flap.
“In a democracy, there is nothing wrong with painting signs red, white and blue – those are American colors – even our candidates for president have red, white and blue signs,” she wrote in an email.
She also took a jab at the Measure K advocates.
“Measure J advocates are mainstream Moraga residents who are youth sports leaders, parents, firefighters, and educators who take great pride in Moraga – not fringe Berkeley extremists like the individuals supporting Measure K,” she wrote.